Everyone Hates Lawyers, Until They Need One.

Nov 4, 2020 | Legal Topics

We have all heard a lawyer joke or two, such as What do you call 500 lawyers at the bottom of the ocean? A good start, and other derisive criticisms so intense it is almost palpable. While the unfavorable reputation of attorneys has fluctuated throughout American history, many people still dislike attorneys–mostly for good reason. It is a stigma as old as the profession itself.

The business of practicing law in the United States has historically cultivated an image of distrust for lawyers whose intentions are not always in the best interest of the public. Howe’ver, the unethical behavior of individual attorneys does not speak on behalf of all law professionals. We condemn those who abuse the power granted to them by the very community that fights to protect the rights of individuals like you.

At Williams Hart & Boundas, we are proud to be attorneys, and we do our part to improve the reputation of our profession. We operate on old-fashioned values like hard work, open communication, commitment to clients, and dedication to community. So, give us a chance to change your impression about attorneys.

Top Five Reasons People Hate Lawyers

People dislike attorneys for many different reasons, some of which are largely beyond our control. But regardless of the circumstances, we always try to do better.

Lack of Diversity

In many cases, the same families have controlled the same law firms for many years. Elitism is often the order of the day. People from different cultural, geographic, educational, or other backgrounds have a hard time moving up.

At Williams Hart & Boundas, diversity is our strength. People from different backgrounds see legal issues from different angles, forming a more thorough investigation of the case. Our tenacity and commitment to meticulous preparation gives us an advantage over other Houston personal injury law firms.

Unpleasant Circumstances

There is nothing pleasant about automobile accidents, work injuries, explosions, or dangerous drug injuries. People naturally associate places with circumstances (e.g. That’s the restaurant where my girlfriend broke up with me). Following this line of thought, the lawyer’s office is not perceived as a happy place, and neither are the people who work there.
No one can turn back the clock and reverse unpleasant circumstances. But at Williams Hart & Boundas, we do the next best thing. We help these individuals pick up the pieces of their lives and move on.

Callousness

Of all the reasons people dislike lawyers, apathy might be the only one we can control. Pundits often blame personal injury attorneys for high insurance costs and other social maladies. Much of this vitriol comes from insurance companies, but some is justified. There are lawyers who do in fact care more about money than they care about people.

At Williams Hart & Boundas, we realize that we cannot change the world, but we can change ourselves and do our part to make our community a better place. Our zeal for our clients is unmatched, but we never forget that there are usually two sides to a story.

Delay

Civil cases can often take many years to wind their way through the legal system. Partially, because courts lack the resources they need. Attorneys themselves are also partially responsible. Procedural mistakes often cause costly delays.

Howe’ver, delay is not always a bad thing. For example, the longer an attorney has to collect evidence and fine-tune legal arguments, the stronger the case becomes. Unfortunately, we do not always do a good job of communicating this truth. That point leads us to the end of our top five list.

Arrogance

As mentioned, we are proud to be lawyers and have worked very hard to reach this point in our careers. But there is such a thing as too much pride. We are confident in our abilities, but we are not over-confident. Some lawyers exude arrogance, as if their clients should feel lucky to receive any help. We are not those lawyers. Our tenacity for representing our community is rooted hard work and humble backgrounds, rather than privilege and smug entitlement.

Do Injury Victims Really Need Lawyers?

That’s an honest question. Most insurance companies grudgingly pay to replace lost or damaged property, like a vehicle. They might even pay for a few chiropractor examinations. But despite what TV commercials imply, the insurance company is never on your side. Most victims have no clear idea what their injuries are, and what their claims are worth, until they reach out to a lawyer for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Immediate Assistance

For liability purposes, most health insurance companies do not cover injury-related medical costs. So, it’s usually impossible to see a trusted family physician. Instead, victims must see the doctor the insurance company will pay for.

At Williams Hart & Boundas, we connect victims with physicians who regularly handle injury claims. These doctors know how to diagnose and treat whiplash and other injury-related conditions. Moreover, we only partner with the top physicians in Houston. Our medical partners have a bedside manner which matches their technical expertise.

As part of our partnership, these doctors usually agree to defer billing until the case is resolved. So, victims pay nothing upfront for much better medical care than they could get elsewhere. We have partnerships with other providers as well, such as body shops, vehicle rental establishments, and medical supply companies.

As an additional bonus, we negotiate with providers and often convince them to lower their fees. That could mean victims keep more of their settlement money.

Long-Term Assistance

Immediate assistance is only part of how we help injury victims at Williams Hart & Boundas. Our tenacious lawyers never look for the easy way out. Instead, we stand up for you in court. Your legal and financial rights are more important to us than making money.

We do not stop fighting for compensation for your economic losses. Just compensation also include intangible losses, such as pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment in life. We do our best to put accident victims in the same position they would have been in had they not been injured. That means physically, emotionally, and financially.

If you were hurt in an accident that was not your fault, we help you pick up the pieces. For a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer in Houston, contact Williams Hart & Boundas today. We offer 100% FREE initial case evaluations and you don’t pay us anything unless we win your case.

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